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Orlando, Grand Rapids, and Madison Are the Best Cities for 'Cash-Strapped Foodies'

Those looking for cheap eats should avoid Toledo, Ohio and Scottsdale, Ariz.


If you are a "cash-strapped foodie," Orlando, Fla. is the best city for you. Or at least that's what new data gathered by money conscious website WalletHub shows. The website analyzed 150 of the most populated cities around the United States by examining 18 different metrics — from the cost of groceries to the number of "restaurants per capita" — to find the least and most "economical foodie scenes." Diners looking for a affordable and diverse food scene, should head to Grand Rapids, Mich. which took the second spot overall, or Madison, Wisc. which took third place.

San Francisco — a city known for its food culture — was found to have the most diverse food options but ranks 15th. San Francisco was also found to have the highest number of coffee shops per capita, and the highest number of restaurants per capita. Somehow, quintessential food town New York City took 143rd place over all, perhaps because it's one of the most expensive cities in the country.